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Card Market Simmers as Manziel Sees First Action

Long before he took his first snap in Saturday night’s pre-season game, Johnny Manziel football cards were everywhere.  Starved for a true marquee quarterback, the card companies have jumped on the Johnny Football bandwagon with both feet.  And who can blame them?  If Manziel gets the opportunity to start for the Cleveland Browns and plays reasonably well, sales will soar.  While 2012 draftee Andrew Luck may be far more polished at this point, Manziel brings a flair and excitement to the position that hasn’t been since since Brett Favre was a youngster.

Manziel rookie cardManziel hit cardboard last spring in the annual draft sets.  Once the draft was over, Panini’s Score football arrived and since then, you can find Manziel in every new NFL-licensed product.

Among the most popular issues at the moment are Panini Elite and Prestige and Bowman (the various Chrome refractor parallels carrying Manziel autographs have had collectors ripping a lot of that product).  To collectors, the Bowman brand apparently trumps the lack of a pro uniform with sales of Manziel signed cards in low print runs selling for four-figure prices including X-fractor rookie autographs numbered to ten that have been bringing $1500-1600 and even a Bowman Chrome Superfractor which sold for a best offer of somewhere south of $15,000.

While some of the early Manziel rookie cards included the same images taken during his college career, most products 2014 Topps Inception Johnny Manzielissued in the last few weeks have somehow managed to get him in Cleveland colors.  Manziel does appear in a Browns uniform on the artsy Topps Inception product with an autographed card numbered to 50 selling for $227 over the weekend.

He even signed a few cards with the ‘Johnny Football’ moniker before the season began.  There’s an Inception gold ink ‘Nicknames’ autograph card numbered to 10 up for bid now (check out the bidding here).

 Johnny Manziel Topps Inception Gold Ink Nickname Auto RC 01/10 The good thing for shops and those who sell online is that even run of the mill, unsigned Manziel cards are selling for a couple of bucks.

Photographers were busy snapping Manziel’s first game action photos over the weekend and you can bank on some of those shots making their way into packs soon as Topps and Panini look to battle it out for the best looking Manziel rookie cards on an NFL field as the season goes on.

The future is unknown. Plenty of high-profile college quarterbacks have fizzled, even after a strong start.  Other athletes have proven themselves worthy and what once seemed like a risky investment turned out to be as golden as those ‘Johnny Football’ signatures.

Below is a list of the ‘most watched’ Manziel football cards on eBay right now.

2014 Panini Contenders JOHNNY MANZIEL Rookie Ticket Auto BGS 9.5/10 !
13 bids - Price: $76.00 - Watchers: 27
Item # 381225707556
Johnny Manziel 2014 Topps Chrome Refractor Auto RC 60/150 BGS Pristine 10/10
21 bids - Price: $76.00 - Watchers: 27
Item # 321724062794
2014 National Treasures Johnny Manziel Rookie RPS Auto Jersey Patch 42/99
9 bids - Price: $260.00 - Watchers: 25
Item # 381222819009
2014 Panini Black Gold Johnny Manziel Rc Patch Auto 2/5 Ebay 1/1 Jersey # RARE!!
21 bids - Price: $59.00 - Watchers: 25
Item # 221746368529
2014 Bowman Chrome Johnny Manziel Rc Red Refractor Auto BGS 9.5 W/10 Auto /25
21 bids - Price: $55.99 - Watchers: 23
Item # 321727814244
2014 Bowman Chrome Johnny Manziel Rc Gold Refractor Auto BGS 9.5 W/10 Auto /75
9 bids - Price: $25.99 - Watchers: 20
Item # 321727816864
2014 National Treasures Red Johnny Manziel Laundry Tag NFL Logo Nike Rc (1/1)
12 bids - Price: $52.00 - Watchers: 20
Item # 131487233873
Johnny Manziel 2014 National Treasures Rookie Jumbo Patch Auto Booklet 28/99
9 bids - Price: $41.00 - Watchers: 19
Item # 191558302753
2014 Bowman Chrome Johnny Manziel Rc Orange Refractor Auto BGS 9.5 W/10 Auto /50
10 bids - Price: $22.50 - Watchers: 18
Item # 321727815544
2014 BLACK GOLD JOHNNY MANZIEL ROOKIE AUTO 1/10..EBAY 1/1. WOW!!! L@@K!!!
19 bids - Price: $58.00 - Watchers: 17
Item # 281660103558
JOHNNY MANZIEL 2014 NATIONAL TREASURES RC LOGO PATCH M-JM PRINTING PLATE 1/1
9 bids - Price: $34.00 - Watchers: 17
Item # 161670146157
2014 Topps Chrome JOHNNY MANZIEL SP Rookie "Money Manziel" Auto "Gem" !
17 bids - Price: $67.00 - Watchers: 15
Item # 381228064423
2014 Inception Johnny Manziel Rc Glove Patch Auto 06/10
7 bids - Price: $31.30 - Watchers: 15
Item # 321727811128
Johnny Manziel 2014 National Treasures Auto Patch Hat Hats Off 6/6 RARE Browns
13 bids - Price: $76.00 - Watchers: 15
Item # 111646996150
JOHNNY MANZIEL MONEY MANZIEL AUTO 2014 TOPPS FIVE STAR FOOTBALL
14 bids - Price: $63.00 - Watchers: 14
Item # 141636048710
Johnny Manziel 2014 National Treasures Rookie Jumbo Patch Auto Booklet 44/99
11 bids - Price: $61.00 - Watchers: 14
Item # 191558262329
2014 NATIONAL TREASURES JOHNNY MANZIEL BRIDGEWATER DUAL NIKE SWOOSH PATCH 1/1
9 bids - Price: $61.00 - Watchers: 14
Item # 231529635624
TEDDY BRIDGEWATER & JOHNNY MANZIEL 2014 Topps FIVE STAR BOOKLET AUTO PATCH #7/10
18 bids - Price: $75.00 - Watchers: 14
Item # 171751468526
2014 Panini Black Gold Auto RC PATCH Johnny Manziel 25/25 BROWNS LOGO last one
13 bids - Price: $57.55 - Watchers: 14
Item # 171752347266